What is Dye-Sublimated Fabric Printing?
Dye-sublimation is a special printing process capable of creating amazingly vivid and sharp full color fabric prints. Specially formulated inks are first printed, in reverse, on to sublimation transfer paper. The paper prints are then pressed together with the target fabric using high heat (around 400°F) and pressure in a specially designed sublimation heat press. During this pressing process, the inks 'sublimate' from the paper directly into the fibers of the fabric. As soon as the transfer is complete, the image is completely impregnated into the fabric and can be washed, dried, and ironed without losing quality. The end result is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full color print.
Are Dye-Sublimated prints durable?
Yes! During the sublimation process, the dyes in the inks become chemically bonded with the polyester fibers of the fabric, making a print that can't be scratched, scraped or washed from the fabric. Because the dyes are actually infused directly into the shirt at the molecular level, rather than simply applied to the surface of the shirt when screen printing and direct to garment printing. Dye-Sublimation printing will not crack, fade or peel from the product.
How are custom printed dye-sublimated fabric prints used?
Custom printed dye-sublimated fabric can be used almost anywhere you would use any other type of fabric. Dye-sublimated fabric is commonly used for apparel and fashion, home décor, displays and exhibits, architectural installations, promotional graphics, decorative signage and many other purposes.